Its National Volunteer Week and we would like to thank our employee volunteers who give back and support their local community throughout the year. Their dedication allows organizations to continue the amazing charitable services they provide to the community every day. This week, we would like to take the opportunity to highlight a few of our employees that have stepped up in making a difference. Thank you to all volunteers who take time out of their busy lives to support their local community.
The excitement of solving technical challenges with limited resources started in Alvin’s high school days, when he participated in FIRST® Robotics team competitions, that showed him what the world of engineering was all about. Fast forward to his current role as a BAE Systems Principal Test Engineer, Alvin’s passion has transitioned into his professional working environment, and he continues to give back to current high school students on the path to expertise in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).
Cathy Rongey, started volunteering with FIRST® Robotics in 2007 with an introduction to Gracious Professionalism. Through this connection, this working mom found a way to volunteer in the field of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), enabling her to be more involved with her own kids after work and on the weekends. Over 13 years with FIRST, she has been involved with Junior FIRST Lego League, FIRST Lego League, FIRST Tech Challenge, and FIRST Robotics Competition teams and associated events.
When asked why he volunteers, Kevin responds with one word: Gratitude. He’s grateful for all he has in his life and grateful for people who have helped him throughout his life. Kevin understands that a random acts of kindness can go a long way in helping others, and choosing to uplift and dignify another individual is selfless and remarkable. That’s why for the past three years, Kevin has been volunteering at the Community Kitchen at Eva's Village. Throughout his years of volunteering Kevin continues to see how volunteering has positively impacted his life and the lives of others.
Using her skills to make a difference in someone’s life through volunteering is Cassandra’s personal mantra. She knows it not only feels good to give back, but it helps the individual feel valuable and confident and makes a difference to their family. Cassandra has been volunteering with Hands On Charlotte for the past eight years, where she tutors programs in math and English for people working toward their GED, and assists with literacy or proficency in English as a Second Language courses.
After completing his service in the U.S. Army, John encountered challenges transitioning into civilian life. That’s why he decided to volunteer with the USO’s Pathfinder program, which helps service members and their families to plan for what’s next and connects them with opportunities for a successful transition. John assists transitioning service members with resumes, mock interviews and mentorship. It allows him to give back and continue the military camaraderie by sharing knowledge from his own transition to the civilian world.